For Villanova Star Maddy Siegrist, an Early Rejection Was Motivating

And the more she scores (and scores), the more she makes good on her promise to always make the team.

Maddy Siegrist had been closely monitoring her phone.

Siegrist, then a seventh grader, had tried out for the St. Martin De Porres basketball team earlier in the day, and the coach was supposed to call players that night to let them know whether they made the A-team or the B-team. Eventually, Siegrist’s phone rang. She didn’t like the news: She had made only the B-team.

With tear-filled eyes and quivering lips, Siegrist told her parents, who at first wondered if something more serious had happened.

“I’m like, ‘It’s OK, honey, it will work

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